RETRO SHOCK: “Met Harry … where’s Sally?” (1989)  If cinematic rom-coms have taught us anything, its that “women and men are different.”  So today Bob and Tim  explore the oft-mentioned origin of this interpersonal education,  “When Harry Met Sally.”  But upon reviewing their transcript, they realize this course work may have yielded a minor in misogyny.  

LISTENERS NOTE:  Tim starts this episode a little too close to the microphone but eventually figures it out … about 18 minutes into the episode … so … sorry about that.

00:00:00 - PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - “Harry and Sally are friends”

00:00:46 - WELCOME BACKS - Bob is back and so is this topic / “The Lovecats”

00:03:52 - JULY 21st, 1989 - classic romance or guilty pleasure?

00:08:40 - UNREQUITED DEMOGRAPHIC - when Tim was the target audience and Bob aged appropriately

00:14:33 - EMULATING THE TEMPLATE - and mispronouncing “ingenue”

00:18:55 - GOOD MEMORY/BAD MEMORY - all our male bullshit

00:26:34 - MODERN DAY - already failing the Bechtel test /“It Had To Be You”

00:36:03 - JUMPING TO THE SEX - ugly male fantasies and the plot of “Annie Hall”

00:43:50 - THE NON-CONTRIVED PLOT CONTRIVANCE - a realistic hook-up

00:51:18 - CONSOLATION PRIZE - the toxic fall-out of a meaningful friendship

00:57:43 - A TALE OF TWO HARRYS - opposing sides of the wagon wheel coffee table

01:03:19 - ALTERNATE ENDING - could these characters have wound up differently?

01:08:42 - GOOD REALITY / BAD REALITY - and an on-point soundtrack

01:12:26 -  CLOSINGS - Contacts, plugs and no catchphrase /  “Stuck With You”

Watch the original 1989 theatrical trailer right HERE.

Watch Harry and Sally discuss the premise that went on to ruin Tim and Bob’s perception of interpersonal relationships HERE.

Hear what might be the most realistic verbal exchange between two frinds fro the entire movie HERE

And watch a scene with Harry that Tim can’t stand HERE.

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“The Lovecats” performed by The Cure from their 1983 album JAPANESE WHISPERS.

“It Had To Be You” as sung by Harry Connick Jr. from the original 1989 motion picture soundtrack WHEN HARRY MET SALLY.

“Stuck With You” fully, totally and completely nailed by Huey Lewis and The News as featured on their 1986 fiercely experimental sound wall FORE!

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